Cucumber Pomegranate Bites

These delicious cucumber bites are packed with vitamins and nutrients. They make a perfect snack or appetizer! Not only are they simple to make, but they are colorful and something that everyone can enjoy!

cucumber bites

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 6 (1/4-inch) cucumber slices
  • 1 TBSP whipped low fat cream cheese (or any type of spreadable cheese)
  • 2 TBSP pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  • Slice the cucumber into 6 slices
  • Add 1 tbsp. cheese (ex: cream cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese)
  • Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds
  • Keep chilled until ready to serve

 

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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Are you a vegetarian or vegan and struggle with finding meals, appetizers, and sides for Thanksgiving? Thanks to Christine Byrne (Buzzfeed Staff), here are 37 delicious vegetarian recipes! Click the link for recipes. Here’s a sneak peak for what the site offers recipes for! Sounds delicious to me!

Appetizers:

  • Sweet Potato Carrot Latkes
  • Truffled Mushroom Deviled Eggs
  • Pear, Shallot, Delicata Squash Soup
  • Mashed Potato Fritters
  • Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gruyere Tartlets
  • Honey crisp Apple and Parsnip Soup

Salads:

  • Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
  • Delicata Squash Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Wild Rice, Farro, and Tangerine Salad
  • Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Crispy Garlic Chips
  • Ginger pear and Parsnip Salad

Sides:

  • Slow Roasted Green Beans with Sage
  • Cauliflower with Brown butter, Pears, Sage, and Hazelnuts
  • Horseradish Chive Mashed Potatoes

Condiments:

  • Vegan Mushroom Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon

Mains:

  • Winter Squash Bowl
  • Butternut Squash Lasagna and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Pretzel Cashew Crusted Tofu with Sweet Onion Chutney
  • Caramelized Tofu and Shredded Brussels Sprouts

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Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/vegetarian-dishes-for-thanksgiving

 

Eat Smart When You Go Out

We all get cravings to eat at a restaurant or want to eat out once in awhile with friends/family. Here are some helpful tips when you plan to eat away from home:

  1. Plan ahead– choose a restaurant with plenty of menu choices, go online and preview the menu
  2. Watch portions and calories– order a side of raw or steamed vegetables right away, the fiber will help make you feel full quicker. Ask for half a portion or order a child’s portion. Ask for extra vegetables and less meat, Drink water before you eat and with your meal.
  3. Know the best “eat-out” foods
  4. Include foods you love when you can!
  5. Order an appetizer as your main meal– it will most likely be a smaller portion
  6. Split a meal with someone else

Smart choices to save calories:

  • Eat a 3 ounce serving of grilled salmon instead of a double cheeseburger (you can save about 440 calories!)
  • Eat a soft taco with grilled chicken instead of nachos with meat and sour cream (You can save up to 1,000 calories!)
  • Eat a medium sized baked potato instead of a cup of potato salad (You can save 270 calories!)
  • Eat 1/2 cup of rice instead of onion rings (Save up to 540 calories!)
  • Eat an English muffin instead of a biscuit (Save 175 calories)
  • Drink a 16 oz. non-fat latte instead of whole milk cafe mocha with whipped cream (Save about 250 calories!)

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